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Signal mirror from pilot survival vest owned by Charles F. Bolden

Catalog Data

Manufactured by:
School of Survival Specialties, Inc., American, 1986 - 2007  Search this
Owned by:
Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr., American, born 1946  Search this
Medium:
plastic, glass
Dimensions:
2 1/8 × 3 1/8 × 1/4 in. (5.4 × 7.9 × 0.6 cm)
Type:
mirrors
Date:
ca. 2000
Caption:
Charles F. Bolden graduated from the Naval Academy in 1968 and become a Marine Corps aviator, flying more than 100 combat missions over Southeast Asia. In 1980 he was selected a NASA astronaut and flew four space missions. Bolden was eventually appointed the 12th Administrator of NASA. He retired in 2003 as a major general.
Description:
A rectangular star signal mirror attached to the survival vest (2014.243.34.1) owned by Charles F. Bolden. The front is a mirror with a central circle cut out and star in the middle of the circle. The back is plastic and has a card printed with instructions and manufacturer information. The mirror has rounded edges and in the upper PL corner there is a rectangular hole through which white cordage is threaded. The cord attaches the mirror to the top of a pocket on the PL side of the vest.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Military  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr., USMC (Ret)
Object number:
2014.243.34.9
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Tools and Equipment-Military
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd53e1543e2-0f00-4658-b3a8-2c89d88e2111
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2014.243.34.9